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Statement on the Recent Shootings in Ottawa

OTTAWA, October 23, 2014 - Senator Victor Oh today issued the following statement on the recent shootings in Ottawa:

In the span of a week, the strength and resolve of Canadians was tested by despicable attacks in St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

These brutal and violent attacks sadly took the lives of two members of our armed forces, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

My thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and colleagues.

I wish to extend my sincere gratitude and admiration to the private citizens and first responders who came to aid Corporal Cirillo yesterday, after he was fatally shot at the National War Memorial.

 I would also like to commend the law enforcement agencies who responded rapidly with professionalism to protect us, at great risks to themselves.   

Thanks to the bravery of our security forces in the RCMP, the City of Ottawa Police and in Parliament, the second attacker was stopped before he could do further harm.

These cowardly acts were an attack against our values, society and our way of life. But where these terrorists sought to tear us apart, we became stronger. Our nation came together.

These attacks will never intimidate us. Instead, these attacks unite us from coast to coast to coast.

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “Canadians will never be intimidated.  We will be vigilant but we will not run scared.  We will be prudent but we will not panic.”

God bless Canada.


From Left to Right: Senator Victor Oh, Senator David Tkachuk, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., MP Jeff Watson, Senator Ghislain Maltais and Senator Percy Mockler pay their respects at the War Memorial in Ottawa.